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Walton says Fox ankle injury is ‘mild-to-moderate’

Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton provides an update on the status of De'Aaron Fox.

De'Aaron Fox injured his left ankle during practice Wednesday. The ankle sprain will have him sidelined at least 7-10 days, after which the Kings say he will be re-evaluated.

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Now that we got that out of the way, there was a sliver of positive news that came from head coach Luke Walton's media session Thursday.

"We're kind of waiting to see how it would feel. It's mild-to-moderate is where the training staff is listing it as. We're hopeful that he'll be able to re-join us, but we'll re-evaluate 7-10 days and see where we are at," Walton said.

Given that Fox missed 17 games earlier this season due to a sprain in that same left ankle, Walton was asked what the level of concern is that this could be problematic.

"I wouldn't say there is a level of concern at all,” he said. “Ankle sprains are a big part of the game of basketball. It's something that when you start spraining your ankles, you've got to pay that much more attention, dedicate that much more time in the weight room to strengthen everything around the ligaments and do everything you can to not continue to have ankle problems, but it's something that most every NBA player goes through at some point in their career."

His previous ankle sprain was confirmed on Nov. 11, 2019, and he returned to action on Dec. 17.

"He's young, he takes care of himself, he's proven to be a fast healer,” Walton said. “Now, that doesn't mean we're going to count on that happening again. We're, obviously, going to be cautious with him. We know how important he is to our organization and to the success of our team. So, we're hopeful that because he's healed fast in the past he'll do it again, but it's something we're definitely going that we're definitely not going to rush him back to the court."

Depending on how the severity of this sprain compares to the one earlier in the season, Fox being gone over a month certainly is not a good thing considering the season is slated to resume July 30, and the team has eight games to try to get the eighth seed. Not to mention Buddy Hield and Jabari Parker are trying to get back in game shape after they returned to the team following positive COVID-19 tests; Harrison Barnes is still in Sacramento going through NBA protocols after he tested positive for COVID-19; Richaun Holmes is in quarantine after crossing the NBA’s Disney Campus line for the bubble to pick up some takeout food and Alex Len has tested positive for COVID-19.

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A bit a positive news on Len, however, is that Walton confirmed Thursday that the big man will be traveling to Orlando tonight. After he arrives, he will go through NBA protocols for entering the bubble and joining the team.

Cory Joseph led the first group in practice Thursday.

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Rob Hessing
27 days ago

Reporter: Will Fox be ready?
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Kevin Lam
27 days ago
Reply to  RobHessing

De’Aaron: “Where is that Kings athletic trainer?”
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G Naps
27 days ago
Reply to  RobHessing

I believe it is Martin that had the “this is fine” pic with some solid Vlade photoshopping. If so this would be the perfect thread to repost it.

Rik Smits
27 days ago

Didn’t Bagley have a mild sprain?
 
I will take the seeing it is believing it approach.

Graham Caplan
27 days ago
Reply to  RikSmits

Ya I’m not sure Luke know what the word “mild” means…

Kevin Lam
27 days ago
Reply to  LandParkJimmer

Richaun’s injury was also supposed to be “mild…”

Michael McKay
27 days ago

I am sure he will be fine.
 
Look at how what a mess this season has been, and will continue to be. How many teams have as much experience as our team of wading through the muck of a lack of planning and misfortune?
 
I think we are primed to finally have our moment since it will have a huge asterick.
 
How you gonna stop God’s plan?

Kings Guru21
27 days ago
Reply to  MichaelMack

You’re on fire today. LOL

Tom Cutter
26 days ago
Reply to  MichaelMack

When you have Helter Skelter management and injury. Our team is use to just picking up and playing with little organization. Kings are made for this 2020 playoff.
 
 
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Tom Cutter
26 days ago
Reply to  ZillersCat

Bill says we got this ..
 
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John Navickas
26 days ago
Reply to  ZillersCat

That Bob Ross shot gets me thinking about “Happy little Accidents”

c k
27 days ago

Check out the bottom of the chyron. Ouch
 

c k
27 days ago
Reply to  cbrody

Whoops that looks super small on my screen. I’ll quote. Barkley says “title will be tainted if everyone is sick and for example the Kings win.”

Andrew Stein
26 days ago
Reply to  cbrody

still would be one more championship than Sir Charles ever got

John Landwehr
27 days ago

I’ve gotten to the point where I’m starting to believe in the conspiracy theories. Obviously Vlade has done a terrible job and is trying to salvage it. With Fox out and all of these other instances…injuries can be used as an excuse for not performing well again.
 
A part of me feels (only my opinion)-that the front office wants to tank the restart.

  1. Tank for a better draft pick
  2. If players didn’t want to play in the bubble, find a way for them not to play while still giving them their salary. Thus, saving face with the players and the agents. Hopefully helping free agency in the future. This is a trend that Vlade has done in the past.
  3. Blame injuries and circumstance… thus, buying Vlade/Luke more time.
  4. Lowered expectations for next year. If you miss the playoffs this year, an 8th seed next year will keep people happy.
  5. Take the pressure off Bagley, and therefore not exposing him as a fraud. The quicker Bagley shows he’s a bust, the quicker Vlade gets fired. (I don’t think Bagley will be a bust if healthy, but that is besides the the point. Obviously, Doncic is the better player and a major mistake).

 
I may be a little crazy, but these are too many coincidences. Im full tin-foil hat right now.

Maxwell Huss
27 days ago
Reply to  jlandweh

I don’t know about the others, but I think #’s 3 and 4 are a given.

Adam Dieter
27 days ago

How are players joining their respective teams while staying quarantined? Are they flying in alone on private jets or something?

David Sheehy
27 days ago
Reply to  Adamsite

Buddy flew in on a private jet if memory serves. I don’t know if that’s true for all players but it would make sense. Even then they have to isolate in their room until they pass the protocol.

In Starz
27 days ago

While I’m still hopeful Fox will get back by the 31st, partly because I feel the organization/him will desire the playoffs so much that he will be out there if he remotely can.
 
but this was the concern drafting him. His body was going to be susceptible to injury, and so far it’s proven problematic. Let’s hope he’s able to fill out to the point where these things stop

Rob Hessing
27 days ago
Reply to  Inthestarz

He played a whopping 154 of 162 games in his first two seasons. Missed 19 games so far this season, which still puts him at 199 out of 226. That prorates out to 72 games a year, which is a damned solid number in today’s NBA.
 
I think that the issue to this point has not been one of his availability, but the glaring lack of alternatives and the impact that it has on the team whenever he is not on the floor.

T D
27 days ago

“Walton says” is a really good prompt to not consider whatever follows those words.
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G Naps
27 days ago

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Henry Stroud
26 days ago

 

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Richie J
26 days ago

Um, this doesn’t sound right:
 

but it’s something we’re definitely going to rush him back to the court.

 

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Adam Granger
23 days ago

 

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